Definition of encrypt in English:


Syllabification: en·crypt
Pronunciation: /enˈkript


[with object]
  • 1Convert (information or data) into a cipher or code, especially to prevent unauthorized access.
    More example sentences
    • The microprocessor encrypts information and provides an encrypted output which is related to the alternator electrical output.
    • On a basic level they could be used to decode encrypted information almost instantly.
    • The public key encrypts the information as it's sent from a person's computer to the merchant, and a private key decrypts the information.
  • 1.1 (encrypt something in) Conceal data in (something) by converting it into a code.
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    • Security is insured by encrypting the data in the exchange, which cannot be scanned or copied by sophisticated theft devices.
    • They needed to encrypt the meaning in others’ thoughts and be assured their ideas would be perpetuated.
    • If messages have been encrypted in these texts then how do we know we are getting it right?



Pronunciation: /-ˈkripSHən/
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  • Experts estimated it would take 20 years to beat the encryption on all the images thought to be on Wells's computer.
  • It would be perfectly possible for them to use very heavy encryption on their messages.
  • I sell the factors to security agencies, to help them break encryption.


1950s (originally US): from en-1 'in' + Greek kruptos 'hidden'.

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